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With apologies for the delay, here is an interview with Alliance LARP's founder, Mike Ventrella!

- Mickey and Bill




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  • David G.

    A quick correction, the mid-west has 4 chapters currently for Alliance (Traverse city and Southern Michigan, Chicago and Southern Minnesota). instead of two.

    I also can’t believe he forgot to mention that we have a second permanent site in Minnesota (only 30 acres, but has another 70 we can use owned by the state and is much flatter) -> http://www.alliancelarp.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=13407

    Keep those shows coming mates, In SoMN we actually have a few of them as required listening for incoming plot level staff members (not all npcs, just the longer term plot guys).

    Aug 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm
  • Ryan

    Agreed with DG above. I’ve been listening to each one of these as they’ve come out. I can say as a new plot member for the Alliance Chicago Chapter, this has helped me greatly in various instances. One of the best advice heard here, which I hammer into all our NPCs is, “If you go out to RP as a townie, have 3 things planned out:

    1) What your name is, and any family 2) What you do, occupation 3) What you’ve seen, done the past week.

    With those 3 things any NPC can talk with anyone about anything.


    Aug 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm
  • Michael A. Ventrella

    I need to learn what “Midwest” means, apparently. My apologies!

    Aug 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm
  • Markehed

    It’s really weird for me to hear Mike talk about how it’s impossible to run a game without NPCs. There are very few games in Sweden that uses NPCs at all and it works out fine. It will be a different kind of game for sure, but it will work. The biggest difference is probably how you wright plot. It can’t be done the same way.

    Aug 20, 2012 at 4:13 am
  • Jason Dawson

    Just wanted to say thanks to both of you guys. I have downloaded and listened to the entire Larpcast back-catalogue in the last 72 hours as I traveled back from the USA to Afghanistan. Now I’m going through them a second time, taking notes on each episode. THANKS.

    As a guy working on starting his own Accelerant LARP in the midwest (Kansas), Your advice is invaluable.

    Aug 24, 2012 at 3:57 am
  • Jake

    Over the summer, I had a job where I spent a lot of time driving, and in desperation, I turned here for something to keep me awake and sane. The podcast has been really great, and I’m glad I tuned in.

    It’s also really amusing to hear Mickey tell his stories and know who he’s talking about.

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:31 am
  • Mickey

    Thanks everyone, we’re really glad you like them. Despite the slow down in updates, we’re still making them and really appreciate the response we’ve gotten.


    PS. Jake, I even mention Jeremy in the next one (not yet up).

    Aug 30, 2012 at 11:04 am
  • Jake

    I’ll let him know.

    Did you hear that he’s moving to Australia? Crazy, no?

    Aug 31, 2012 at 11:08 am